Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (43)

Welcome to the second Saturday Quilting Bring & Share of 2019. It feels like the year has properly begun – the first full working week is behind us, schools are open and the morning and evening traffic levels are back to normal! But now it’s the weekend! Yeah! Time to enjoy a virtual sewing day, bring out the projects we are working on and share in some of the patchwork quilting conversations circulating around the worldwide quilty community. Join in by clicking some or all of the links below and leaving your thoughts and links in the comments box at the end of this post. Thank you!

Autumn Leaves quilting finished by Allison ReidI’m switching projects today. I’ve finished quilting the Autumn Leaves wall hanging – hoping the lines of wavy stitching and swirls give the impression of the wind blowing and the leaves tumbling through the air?

During the week I tied myself in knots designing a kind of book pillow, quilt carry bag thing… I came up with so many permutations re. fastenings (even went out and bought a zipper!), handles, size of pillow, size of pocket, to line or not to line? etc. etc. In the end I bit the bullet, dove to the bottom of my stash bins and made a mock-up using some of the ideas swirling around in my head. It is a relief to have a finished item but I’m not yet sure what lessons I’ve learned from this protoytype …

 

Book Pillow Bag prototype by Allison Reid

I’d like to clear my head and get on with a project where I actually know what I’m doing and why! So, I’ve retrieved the fabrics I put together some time last year to make another I-Spy Shadow quilt. I designed this quilt a couple of years ago and made two. Late last Summer when I was sorting through my stash and scraps I discovered more novelty fabric pieces than I expected and decided to sort them – fussy cutting 5″ or 4″ squares wherever possible. Now for some fun quick piecing and a break from over-thinking things! 🙂

Fabrics for I-Spy Shadow Quilt by Allison Reid

Community is my word for 2019 and I’m using this word with particular reference to our worldwide quilting community. So what better example could I share than the ‘Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project‘? This project is ambitious and so full of generosity and kindness. Please take a look at Carole’s blog post and see how the quilting community can bring love and hope into such a desperate, on-going, tragedy.

Jayne has made a beautifully simple nine-patch quilt in double quick time – what a satisfying start to 2019!

I will definitely be bookmarking this blog post all about fabric choice by Rachel at Stitched in Color. Rachel has collected lots of photos of quilts made to the Gypsy Wife pattern and explains the different effects contrast, colour and scale of pattern can have on a quilt and how to choose fabrics to achieve the effect you want. Very helpful indeed! 🙂

I’m listening to Shannon Brinkley’s ‘Quilt Style Workshop’ while I’m sewing. You can sign up for free here. In the first video Shannon talks about the stages of developing our patchwork quilting skills and style. AND she suggests WIPs and fabrics we no longer love can go in the ‘experiment bin’ to be used as when we want to test fresh techniques. The second video is about colour 🙂

Melanie has shared some simple but effective ways to keep a sewing room organised , keeping tools in the right place. Less time hunting for scissors is more time to stitch 🙂

Happy stitching!

Allison

PS. Don’t forget you’ll find more tips and inspiration on my Pins of the Week Pinterest board, you can find me on Instagram @allisonreid.neweverymorning and join my Patchwork Tips and Tales group on Facebook 🙂 It’s all about Community 😉

Saturday Quilting Bring & Share (42)

Welcome to the first Saturday Quilting Bring & Share of 2019. Happy New Year! Bring along your current project to our virtual sewing day and share in the quilting conversations doing the rounds of the worldwide quilty community. Leave links to your project posts or to quilt blog posts that have caught your interest in the comments box at the end of this post.

First of all I will share with you my unusual game of ‘thread chicken’. Instead of the usual game of dare – will the top thread/bobbin last for just one more line of stitching? – I’ve been holding my breath and keeping a close eye on a knot hoping that it won’t end up causing a tangle through my machine’s tension plates or get caught in the needle as I’m stitching! Thankfully I completed stitching details on the quilt before the knot came into play!

Aurifil thread knot by Allison Reid

I and my Pfaff machine get on very well with Aurifil cotton threads which I’m convinced are of very good quality. This is the first time I’ve encountered a knotted join in a reel of Aurifil 🙁

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (41)

Welcome to another Sunday edition of Saturday Quilt & Share! (Note to self: Must do better at publishing on the correct week day in 2019!). Bring along the project you are working on and share in some of the conversations going around the worldwide quilty community. Use the comments section at the bottom of this post to share your thoughts on anything you’ve read here or share a conversation starter with us 🙂

Did you receive any patchwork-quilting gifts over the holiday? Here is my collection of quilty treats:

My Christmas Gifts 2018 by Allison Reid

A rotary cutter, quilting gloves, 2 Morris fat quarters (all gifted by my MIL who discovered the delights of a new shop called Pincushion situated in the picturesque Pantiles district of Royal Tunbridge Wells); a full 3m of IKEA white cotton fabric, and a long length of Indonesian batik print cotton. The latter bought for me by our Daughter and SIL whilst on their trip to SE Asia. I was also gifted a very sturdy photographic backdrop stand – I will hang my quilts from this in the hope of achieving quality photographs.

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End of year – New Year Planning at New Every Morning

Pink Hyacinths by Allison ReidI know it’s still the Christmas season but I thought I’d start with a break from the traditional red, green and gold colour scheme to share my pot of beautiful pink hyacinths. The pot of bulbs was gifted to me in early December and the flowers obligingly opened just a day or two before Christmas Day.

I’ve been out in the garden today to prune straggly clumps of lavender and a couple of fuschia bushes. I was heartened to see among all the fallen leaves and bare twigs a few bright green shoots – the Bluebells are already proclaiming the advent of Spring despite us knowing we have yet to endure the harshest months of Winter.

Pink Hyacinth close up by Allison Reid

I do hope you are enjoying the Christmas-to-New Year break? I know it’s not all rest and play for everyone but on the whole these days between Christmas and New Year do have a kind of suspended animation feel. After the concentrated effort preparing for the festivities I do have a strange sensation, perhaps something like being be-calmed at sea? There’s not much to be done but wait for the winds of the New Year to blow me back into action!

Of course there ARE things to keep me occupied! My sewing room has re-emerged from it’s temporary transformation into the guest room. Now our only house ‘guest’ is our youngest son, already half way through his two week holiday from University in Germany. There’s quite a lot of bedding in one or other of the stages of being washed, dried and packed away and there are still a fair few chocolates and treats lying around the house…! Perhaps because of my permanent chocolate high I haven’t yet settled on a sewing project. My mind is skipping between the be-calmed inactive state to a confusion of potential activities!

I’m writing this post with the intention of spelling out my quilty plans for 2019, linking with the #2019PlanningParty hosted by Yvonne at Quilting Jet Girl. So, I’d better get on and share my goals/dreams/plans thingys.

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